John Vercoe

John Vercoe

John Vercoe qualified as both barrister and solicitor with over 40 years legal and commercial experience in working at leading international companies and law firms in the O&G and I.T businesses.

John is highly experienced in working successfully with international oil and gas teams in Europe, Central Asia (especially Kazakhstan), Africa, and Southeast Asia. His focus has particularly been in the upstream including HSE, and he knows the oil and gas industry and the key people in the industry very well.

John has acted for both large and small international oil and gas companies and contractors in their day-to-day business with Governments and regulatory agencies. He has participated in major oil & gas pipeline negotiations in Moscow and Kazakhstan. His experience has also included providing legal services to a major international oil and gas company in respect of its gas networks in Europe and Africa.

John was the senior legal expert in a project sponsored by the European Commission in Brussels known as Enhancement of Environmental Protection Measures in the Oil and Gas Industry of Central Asia (EPMOGI).

John was the general counsel of British Gas E&P for many years, and was involved in the huge BG privatization and then the acquisition of large international oil companies on the market.

John has worked in Kazakhstan for over six years and a stint at Shell’s headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands, having been senior attorney for Baker & McKenzie; Head of Legal Services for OKIOC, the North Caspian oil and gas joint venture leading to the discovery of the giant Kashagan field; Vice President of Legal Services for Hurricane Hydrocarbons (now PetroKazakhstan); and a partner in two international law firms, PLLG and Dr KC Mildwaters. He was also a partner at Fasken Martineau Stringer Saul, London, UK, a leading British-Canadian law firm where he specialized in O&G.

John has taken great interest in the interaction between law and business and has followed business schools programs at leading business schools, Cranfield University and Nottingham Law School, both in the UK. At BG (British Gas), he gave regular presentations and training to in-house professional staff; he has given talks and lectures on O&G at Dundee University Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy; and external conferences on gas transportation and health & safety.

Prior to being registered as a Foreign Lawyer in Malaysia, John has had a strong interest in Malaysia which stretches back to 1990. He has participated in UK Law Society missions and visited Malaysia to participate in talks and seminars concerning the Oil & Gas sector and provided advisory services on various projects.

John was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and is currently a practising solicitor in the United Kingdom. John is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (‘AIPN’) and the Energy Institute (UK).

John Vercoe joined the Firm in November 2021 as a registered Foreign Lawyer and will be the Firm’s International Energy and Oil & Gas Consultant. John has been permitted to practise in the following areas by the Malaysian Bar Council: Corporate Commercial, Energy, Oil & Gas and International Joint Venture.

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Pierre Brochet
Special Advisor, Energy and Oil & Gas

Direct Line:
+ 603 2118 5160

Mobile Phone:
+ 44 7919 415846

E-mail:
john.vercoe@azmilaw.com

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Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman

Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman

Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman has a degree of Bachelor in Law (LL.B) (Hons), 2014, from International Islamic University Malaysia.

Halimah chambered at Messrs. Mohamed Ridza & Co and was admitted to the Bar in January 2015. She subsequently became associate in the same firm and gained exposure in drafting of sale and purchase agreements as well as financing documentation for various financial institutions.

In March 2019, she made a move to join Messrs Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill but later in July 2019, she rejoined Messrs. Mohamed Ridza & Co and continued her practice until December 2020.

Halimah joined Azmi & Associates in October 2021 as a member of the FS1 PG. She has been attending to various Islamic banking and conveyancing transactions.

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Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman

Senior Associate 2

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5044

Mobile Phone:
+6019 302 8700

E-mail:
halimah.saadiyah@azmilaw.com

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Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini

Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini

Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini completed her LLB Law degree from University of Surrey in 2018. In 2019, she did the Bar Professional Training Course from University of the West of England and was then called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

During her university days, she had undergone two internships. In 2017, she did her first structured internship with Zaid Ibrahim & Co and in the following year, she undertook an internship with Albar & Partners.

She was also an active member participating and organising fundraising events for the UNICEF Society during her university days.

She is currently part of Construction & Engineering Practice Group under the supervision of our Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali.

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Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini

Associate

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5084

Mobile Phone:
+6012 796 0166

E-mail:
narina@azmilaw.com

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Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain

Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain

Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain graduated from University of Essex with a LLB (Hons) in 2018. He then pursued the Bar Professional Training Course and Master of Laws (BPTC LLM) at The University of Law, London and was subsequently called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 2019. As part of the BPTC LLM, he provided Pro Bono legal services in the field of Immigration under the supervision of the Legal Advice Clinic of The University of Law.

He spent the term of his pupillage at Messrs Zul Rafique & Partners where he gained a growing interest in corporate and commercial law and was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in December 2020.

In pursuit of his desire to learn more about the corporate world, he joined Azmi & Associates in August 2021 as an Associate under the Construction & Engineering Practice Group which is spearheaded by our Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali. He has since gained experience in several areas of law including Construction, Energy, Oil & Gas and Mergers & Acquisitions.

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Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain

Associate

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5080

E-mail:
nafis.zain@azmilaw.com

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Loshina Jeyaraj

Loshina Jeyaraj

Loshina Jeyaraj graduated from Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom, with an LL.B (Hons) 2nd Class (Upper) in 2018 and completed the Bar Training Course (Middle Temple) from BPP Birmingham University, UK in 2021.

She worked as Trademark Paralegal at Zaid Ibrahim & Co where she had hands on experience in Trademark by filling new applications, submitting opposition to Malaysian Intellectual Property office. She has undergone an internship with Asbir Hira Singh in 2019. During the tenure of the internship, she has explored mainly areas of law relating to medical negligence, where she was trained carrying out research tasks and transcribing cases.

She is currently undergoing her pupilage and her master is Natalia Izra Dato’ Nasaruddin.

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Loshina Jeyaraj

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5170 

E-mail:
loshina@azmilaw.com

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Asiah Siddiqah Abdurrahman

Asiah Siddiqah Abdurrahman

Asiah Siddiah Abdurrahman read law at University of Bristol and graduated with a LL.B (Hons) in 2019. 

Prior to joining Azmi & Associates in 2022, she worked under the Investigation and Enforcement Division at Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) and was later appointed as a Commission Officer. She worked as a Legal Executive at Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie) and as a paralegal at Thomas Philip Advocates & Solicitors. She was an intern at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill in 2018.  

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Asiah Siddiqah Abdurrahman

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5170 

E-mail:
asiah.siddiqah@azmilaw.com

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Nur Insyirah Mohamad Noh

Nur Insyirah Mohamad Noh

Nur Insyirah Mohamad Noh graduated from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (2nd Class Upper) in 2020.

Upon completing her LL.B, she commenced her Master of Laws at the same university, with an expected date of graduation of September 2022. Opting for a research-based mode of study for her LL.M in addition to her experience as a research assistant has prepared her with sterling research skills and a penchant for exploring new knowledge. She believes that the experience that will be gained throughout the pupillage period will immensely help her to understand this field better. The knowledge acquired will likewise benefit her in producing impactful and commendable research findings. Not only that, it is also an opportunity for her to get acquainted with the insights of the world of litigation in order to become a skilled practitioner.

During her university days, she actively participated in many programs and events organized by her faculty as well as other organizations. She had also been appointed as one of the committees and head committees of UKM Law Students’ Society for two subsequent years. She had written several academic publications and presented research findings at national and international conferences.

She is now part of our Azmi & Associates’ Penang Office. Her Master is our Partner, Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari.

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Nur Insyirah Mohamad Noh

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+604 375 0120

E-mail:
insyirah@azmilaw.com

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Khairunnisa Khairol Anwar

Khairunnisa Khairol Anwar

Khairunnisa Khairol Anwar graduated from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) with LL.B and Shariah (Hons) in 2020.

She previously worked as a Protégé, Legal & Secretarial at Duopharma Biotech Berhad where she was involved in reviewing and negotiating various non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and commercial agreements for pharmaceutical transactions. At the same time, she has also been exposed to intellectual property which includes trademarks and copyright matters. She was also attached to Hanif & Co. and Mahkamah Syariah W.P.K.L. as attachment student during her university days.

She held the position as the secretary for a community engagement project known as USIM GISO 2020: Kembara Ar-Rum to Padang, Indonesia back in January 2020. She has passion in Intellectual Property, technology and pharmaceutical related matters.

She will undergo her pupillage under the supervision of our Partner, Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir.

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Khairunnisa Khairol Anwar

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5122 

E-mail:
khairunnisa@azmilaw.com

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Luqman Hakim Jam Sari Muhamad

Luqman Hakim Jam Sari Muhamad

Luqman Hakim Jam Sari Muhamad has recently graduated from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) with a LL.B (Hons).

He has undergone an internship with Messrs Mohd Irwan Mohd Mubarak in September 2020. During the tenure of internship, he was actively involved in legal research, drafting cause papers, preparing bundles and other support legal operations. He has also given the opportunity to work with the supervisors from various departments specifically General Litigation, Conveyancing and Shariah.

He has led numerous teams for managing events during his study ranging from university to the International level, inter alia, as the Head of Media Relation for International 8th Muslim World Biz Business and Conference Zone and the Head of Public Relation for International Islamic Unity Convention (ICON). He was offered the post of Secretary General for Al-Faruq College Representative Committee in 2018.

Further, he was also an active volunteer working with the NGOs for various target beneficiaries. He was also entrusted with the position of Executive Committee in 2020 and later elevated as the Vice President in 2021 of the same volunteering club.

Luqman has formed an interest in the area of law concerning Islamic finance and Corporate. His Master is our Partner, Abu Daud Abd Rahim.

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Luqman Hakim Jam Sari Muhamad

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5170 

E-mail:
luqmanhakim@azmilaw.com

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Heu Wen Yen

Heu Wen Yen

Heu Wen Yen graduated from University of Queensland with a LLB (Hons) Degree in 2018.

Prior to joining Azmi & Associates as a fellow Pupil, she worked as a Legal Executive in a commodities trading company and was also involved in managing corporate liability regime of the company.

She has undergone an internship with Shook Lin & Bok in the course of her Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) program. During the tenure of the internship, she has explored mainly litigation and corporate work, where she was trained to carry out legal research tasks and drafted letters. She subsequently joined Zul Rafique & Co. as a paralegal in the Energy & Utilities Department where she gained further exposure in corporate practice particularly securitization and corporate governance.

During her tertiary studies, she volunteered in the Indooroopilly Uniting Church Clinic for Refugee and Asylum Seekers where she assisted in providing explanation on the procedure for immigration applications along with offering support with a wide range of issues including housing, destitution and education. In her final year, she was a tenancy law volunteer student in Tenants Queensland (QSTARS) offering personalised tenancy advice and advising on filing of applications to the tribunal. She is eager to explore various practice areas in the corporate field alongside taxation.

Her Master is our Partner, Melinda Marie D’Angelus.

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Heu Wen Yen

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5170 

E-mail:
heuwenyen@azmilaw.com

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